ZURICH’S BAUR AU LAC WELCOMES SPRING WITH SECHSELÄUTEN FESTIVAL PACKAGE

ZURICH’S BAUR AU LAC WELCOMES SPRING WITH SECHSELÄUTEN FESTIVAL PACKAGE

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ZURICH’S BAUR AU LAC WELCOMES SPRING WITH SECHSELÄUTEN FESTIVAL PACKAGE

A Step Back in Time to Zurich’s Medieval Past

New York, April 1, 2010: Each April, Zurich celebrates the end of winter with a spring festival, complete with parades, medieval costumes and the ceremonial burning of a “snowman.” This year, the city’s renowned hotel Baur au Lac has created a special package to celebrate this long-held tradition.

Sechseläuten dates back to the 14th century when the 6PM ringing of the bells during the spring and summer, known as Sechseläuten, marked the end of the workday. Fast-forward to today, and the celebration commemorates the end of the harsh winter and the beginning of spring. The festivities start on the third Sunday of April with a parade of children dressed in historical costumes, accompanied by a giant Böögg “snowman” (made from cotton and wood). The following day, a parade of costumed adults on horseback and on foot march through the city and down to the shores of Lake Zurich, where at 6PM the Böögg, whose head is filled with explosives, is burned in a special ceremony. Tradition says that the quicker the Böögg explodes, the better the summer will be.

Guests who stay at the Baur au Lac during this festival will not only learn about the city’s rich and vibrant history, but will also indulge in 21st-century state-of-the art amenities and five-star service. The Sechseläuten package includes:

  • One night’s accommodation
  • 5-course dinner in the newly renovated Pavillion restaurant
  • Fresh fruit and homemade sweets from the hotel’s in-house chocolatier upon arrival
  • Unlimited use of the rooftop fitness club
  • VAT and service charges

Valid from April 16th through April 20th, 2010, the package is priced at CHF 710 (approximately US$668) for single occupancy, and from CHF 1,150 (approximately US$1,082) for double occupancy.

For more information and reservations, visit www.bauraulac.ch.

ABOUT THE BAUR AU LAC:

Recently completing an approximately $41 million renovation, the 120-room hotel is a short walk from Zurich’s world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the central Paradeplatz, numerous museums and the city’s bustling financial district. It is also home to newly renovated Pavillion and Terrasse restaurants, as well as Rive Gauche restaurant, a place to see and be seen in Zurich, and is steps from the sparkling waters and boat cruises of Lake Zurich. The Baur au Lac is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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